The landscapes, people and different cultures.
Can be foggy and wet, expensive to get there
Newfoundland is picturesque, friendly and interesting.
Geological Interactive museum located on the road up to Signal hill. Learn about rock formations, world weather, oil drilling , mining etc. Lots of interactive displays, short movies etc. Not for the casual passer by but well worth a visit. Expect to spend 1-2 hrs here and cost is 14 Dollars CDN approx as of May 2008. Very good section all about...more
The Murray Premises is one place in St. John's I had always wondered about after trying a couple of...more
As I was on my first of a number of flights across the Atlantic, the captain came on the intercom and said we were making an emergency landing in Goose Bay, Canada. We were all taken off the plane (it was about 12 AM) and taken by bus to a small building with no windows and little heat. It was rather cold since it was January. After about 3 hours...more
If you are in Goose Bay in March, I would highly recommend you investigate the Sno-Break winter fun festival. There is a week long of snow related events.In 2004 they attempted a guiness world record for the longest continous line of snow machines, over 800 showed up!!! Snowmobile, Warm Winter Close, Helmet.more
If you are in Happy Valley - Goose Bay during the summer check out the Amaruk Golf Club, you can't beat a $20 green fee.It is only $360 for an annual single membership.The course is 9 holes but you can play 18 using the different tee boxes.It's a great little course and I will give some more tips by hole. With this tip I just have a course map...more
If you are exploring the island of Newfoundland you will see Irving locations at different places. I have provided a map of all their locations.Here you can get gas, use the washroom, buy small amounts of groceries and convenience items. Also I think the food at the Irving truck stops is great. Personally I really enjoy the breakfast you can get at...more
Throughout Newfoundland there is a tradition they call a Screech In that can make you an honourary Newfoundlander. Here more about that, LOL.The Origin of ScreechLegend has it that Demerara Rum, from the West Indies, was very popular in Newfoundland. It was brought in, bottled, and sold in an unlabeled bottle.During World War II, the Americans set...more
Bell Island is a much much smaller island then the island of Newfoundland itself located off the Avalon Peninsula.I took a day trip here once to explore the place and see what it was like over there and it was certainly worth the visit. There are regular ferry crossings each day and its a very short drive from the provincial capital of St....more
My husband and I just recently traveled to Nain via the Northern Ranger. This is very pleasant and especially interesting if you're used to cruises: the crew don't seem to care where you are on the boat! You can watch the hold area being loaded while standing right beside the crane! While you don't get all the attention and service of a cruise...more
The ferry service runs from June until late in the fall so for half the year aircraft is the only way to reach Nain, Hopedale, Rigolette and the other communities along the coast of Labrador.Air Labrador is there even when the coastal ship is not and provides services for the coast atleast six days a week.more
Wabush and Labrador City are twin mining towns and if you can coordinate it I would recommend a tour of the IOC operation to get a feel for how big it really is and the sort of industry activity that is ongoing there.I have a travelogue created with many more images from the tour I was fortunate enough to get on.Patsy Ralph was the community liason...more
Labrador City and Wabush are very close to the Quebec / Labrador border. Right on the other side of the border you can visit another mining town of Fermont, Quebec. Just 20 or so kilometers from there is Mount Wright another mining operation.In the town itself there is not a lot to see but one massive town building that includes a mall, hotel,...more
I am not an expert on Labrador West nightlife but I have some experience so I'll through it all into one tip :-)Private parties at Smokey Mountain Ski Lodge are always fun.Leanne Way is a great local artist for light music.The Iron City Ramblers is one of the most popular local bands so you can pay attention to where they might be playing in the...more
The DRL Coachlines (see website below) are the only public coaches that run from Port Aux Basque to Deer Lake or St John's to Deer Lake. It cost $42 Canadian Dollars from Port Aux Basque to Deer Lake and more information on the various coach schedules and costs are available at the website.more
When we arrived in the little nearby town of Rocky Harbour the previous afternoon, we quickly went to the Park Headquarters to see if there were any seats still available for a boat trip on Western Brook Pond. In the peak tourist season of July and August, we were lucky to be able to book ourselves on the last cruise of the afternoon (summer...more
St. Anthony Airport (IATA: YAY, ICAO: CYAY) is located 19 nautical miles (35.2 km) west northwest of St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.I think this is important, this airport is more of a regional one I don't want you to be under the impression your can walk into town from the airport. There is a guy Danny who operates a bus servie...more
To celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Viking landing in Newfoundland, a replica of a Norse 'knarr' cargo ship was built and sailed to Newfoundland for the festivities in 2000. After the ripples had died down, this ship is now used for whale-watching voyages out of St. Lunaire, very close to Saint Anthony. The Vikings had different types of...more
L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site is the first (and so far only) authenticated Viking site in North America. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1978, the very first year such designations were made, which gives you an idea of its significance in human history.Your visit here starts with a tour of the interesting...more
Along the southeastern Labrador Highway network, these are the only three communities not accessible by road. You can get in there by a boat in the summer months, air in the winter, limited air in the summer and by snowmobile in winter. If going by snowmobile its very wise to have a local person, there is a lot of ice and this can be dangerous if...more
When you are driving along southeastern Labrador, there are three access roads built if you are going to see Pinsent's Arm, Charlottetown and St. Lewis. The Pinsent's Arm road is not on the map I have on the main page but it's been built since then and accessible from Charlottetown.I am recommending instead of buzzing from one end of the region to...more
Not very far off the beaten path is one of Canada's National Historic Districts. It is just 9 miles in a boat from Mary's Harbour and you are in Battle Harbour.This is without a doubt one of Canada's best tourism jewels and I am proud to have visited now on a number of occassions.There is too much to say here in just one tip so follow my link I...more
The Battle Harbour National Historic District is full of very old artifacts, I would estimate in the hundreds of items from the early 1900s that depict a fishing lifestyle.I have provided a picture of some of these artifacts and a link to an external web site that has pages of more catelogued artifacts from Battle Harbour with explanations.While in...more
The waterfront is were all the action once happened and is today beautifully restored. The waterfront also has many services available to cottage guest and mariners such as boat hook up with water and electricity for $0.50 CDN per foot per night. Showers for $2.50 each and there is a coin operated washer and dryer available.more
There is a regular ferry that operates between Mary's Harbour, Labrador on the southeast coast and direct to Battle Harbour.I have to strongly stress don't think of your $40 per person round trip as a transportation fee. It is an experience and really a boat tour. I never saw so many ice bergs, birds, whales and seals in all my life, seriously....more
The North West River history is full of trapping and aboriginal stories. The Labrador wilderness has also sparked the imagination of many famous adventurers. In the early 1900s Mina Benson Hubbard and Dillon Wallace lead competing expeditions from North West River to Ungava Bay. I have a couple of great books listed where you can read about these...more
Today there is a modern bridge crossing the North West River and making transportation very easy in the area. I just mention this because on your visit to North West River you will often hear people talk about the "cable car" that was one time used to transport people and goods across the river. It is a unique part of the North West River history.more
Western Bay is a broad deep bay. It is also an unincorporated community on the North Shore of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. Sheep, goats and horses can be seen in the stone wall lined fields.
There are few trees and Western Bay is windswept. Within walking distance of Western Bay is the resettled community of Bradleys Cove.
Western Bay was once much larger than it is today; It's large bay is arguably the best bay north of Conception Bay's Harbour Grace.
In Western Bay ships were built on the beach from local lumber and the fishery was pursued by early settlers.
Today, there is one seldom used wharf it Western Bay. The govt. boat basen is in Ochre Pitt Cove, a 10 minute drive away.
It is a historic fact that NFLD's now extinct Beothuk Indians used to visit Ochre Pit Cove and collect the Red Ochre. Details are scanty, however atleast two Western Bay residents were killed by Beothuk Indians in a battle.There were other skirmishes recorded close by: at Hants Harbour and Salvage Trinity Bay.
Western Bay is the birthplace of Canada's poet E. J. Pratt. His father was a Methodist missionary from Wales stationed in the community. E.J. Pratt's missionary father is on record for having a low opinion of Western Bay and it's inhabitants; Undoubtadly this was simply angst ridden home sickness because Western Bay is great.
Western Bay. does not have a hotel or a bar but it does have a Pentecostal Church, a United Church, a Catholic Chapel, a pharmacy and a liquor store. Western Bay can be reached by a paved road. It is about one hour from St. John's.
Living in a small town, there isnt to many activities with a whole lot of promise to be social outside of going to a bar. But what about the kids and the people that dont want to go to a bar in order to hangout with the other locals. Well, the town of Dildo built a swimming pool for that very same reason.Durring Dildo Days it is jam packed wioth...more
Here is an important tip, most people visit this area right now in the summer busy tourist season. If you happen to be in the area in the winter be warned that if you get stuck in this type of snow clearing dilemma you could be in serious trouble.This picture was taken by a local resident, I know as well during the 2004 winter season one family...more
As you can see from this picture from the top of the Point Amour Lighthouse there is a walking trail that continue along the shoreline back toward the community of L'anse Amour. There is interpretation along this trail and it is also the sight of two famous ship wrecks the HMS Raleigh and the HMS Lily. You will see all the remains scattered along...more
Here is another picture of Forteau Bay and you can see that at the mouth of the day there is the Forteau River running from a variety of ponds (First, Middle and Inside) ponds.You can access the river right from the main highway between Forteau and English Point.This is a popular salmon river with local people and many tourist give it a try as...more
If your travelling to the island in July or early August... shorts, t-shirts, bathing suit, sweatshirt and sweatpants for night (gets cold of the water). If your travelling in June or late August... shorts and tshirts, bathing suit, jeans, sweats, light jacket. Anytime after or before those dates.... snowsuit!!! hahahha its very...more
There are only 2 ways to get on the island. Fly or drive the fixed link from New Brunswick. Sometimes in the summer months they do have the ferries running and its a great tourist attraction. Be prepared the ferries and bridge cost. Depending on the size of your vehicle.Drive or bike.more
There's so much to see on Prince Edward Island... starting from New Brunswick and driving over the largest fixed link in the world (16.5km) just don't look down! PEI is much more than potatoes. Charlottetown hosts the play Anne of Green Gables throughout the summer months. Its not recommended to visit in the winter as the bridge may be closed due...more
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